Derek Reese (Photo by Gary W. Green, Orlando Sentinel / Nov. 11, 2011)
July 5, 2012
Tennessee freshman basketball player Derek Reese has been named to the Puerto Rican U19 National Team that will compete at the 2012 Nike Global Challenge July 13-15, in Washington, D.C.
A native of Orlando, Fla., Reese was eligible to compete on the Puerto Rican national team because his grandmother, Irma Montanez, was born in Puerto Rico.
"I think it's going to be great experience playing against competition from different countries," Reese said. "I'm looking forward to seeing how international players play the game and adding some of those elements to my game."
On Tuesday, Reese traveled to Puerto Rico to train with his U19 National Team teammates in advance of the Nike Global Challenge.
The Nike Global Challenge is taking place in conjunction with the World Basketball Festival 2.0. Challenge games will be held at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va., as well as the Washington D.C. Armory. The field includes three teams from the United State along with one team each from Brazil, Canada, China, Lithuania and Puerto Rico. The eight-team, 16-game tournament will be contested using FIBA rules.
Reese enrolled at UT in May for the first session of summer school and completed the term before heading to Puerto Rico to prepare for the Challenge.
He will return to Puerto Rico with his Tennessee teammates this fall, as the Volunteers are competing in the 2012 Puerto Rico Tip-Off in San Juan Nov. 15-18.